Why Greater Baltimore?

Greater Baltimore is home to a diverse base of industries that continue to grow and develop.  Healthcare, Financial Services, Information Technology, Defense, Education and Life Sciences/Biotechnology are some of the key growth sectors that make up the region’s economy.

Low unemployment, high incomes, nationally recognized schools, a highly educated population and a community of successful companies characterize Greater Baltimore. These qualities contribute to the region’s growing economy and define Greater Baltimore as a world-class region in which to live, work, learn and invest.


Talented Workforce

  • Greater Baltimore boasts one of the most educated populations in the US with the 4th highest population percentage attaining an advanced degree.
  • The Baltimore-Washington region is home to the highest concentration of IT occupations.
  • Over the past decade, Greater Baltimore has added over 23,000 jobs in Professional, Scientific & Technical Services industries.
  • Baltimore has a labor force of over 1.4 million people and boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates among major US metropolitan areas.
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Excellent Education

  • Maryland was named the #1 State Education System in 2013 by Education Week.
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County was named the #1 Up-and-Coming National School by U.S. News and World Report for four years in a row. Eight Greater Baltimore colleges rank among the best in the US in their respective categories.
  • More than 340,000 students attend Maryland’s 59 accredited two-year or four-year colleges and universities.
  • Maryland’s 16 community colleges, spanning a network of 21 campuses, serve over 400,000 students annually.

State Education System in 2013


Students attending Maryland's 16 community colleges

Quality of Life

  • Maryland students rank first in scoring three or higher on Advanced Placement exams according to College Board.
  • Johns Hopkins University Hospital has been named the #1 Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 22 of the last 23 years.
  • CNN Money named Columbia/Ellicott City the #2 Best Places to Live in 2010.
  • Greater Baltimore ranks 4th in median household income, 6th in per capita income, and saw the second largest wage increase in 2012, according to CNN Money.

Strategic Location

  • The Port of Baltimore nationally ranks #1 in roll-on roll-off cargo and #1 in handling automobiles. The port also moved 36.8 million tons of foreign commerce in 2012 that had a total value of $54 billion.
  • Class I railroads include CSX, Norfolk Southern and five short lines.
  • 150 companies and 100 trucking terminals operate a fleet of 27,000 commercial vehicles.
  • Overnight trucking access to one third of the US population—91 million people.